Malaria is widespread in many tropical and subtropical countries and is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. Malaria is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that spread malaria are most active between dusk and dawn. Malaria is not present in the UK, however, every year approximately 1500 people catch malaria on a trip abroad. In 2017 six UK travellers died from malaria contracted abroad. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria, but it is very preventable and you can protect yourself by being:
A – Aware of the risk- make sure you know if the area you are visiting has a malaria risk. Speak to your travel health nurse or visit Travel Health Pro to get up- to- date malaria recommendations.
B – Bite avoidance- avoid mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent and sleep under an impregnated mosquito net.
C – Compliance – seek medical advice before travel to obtain the correct malarial tablets. Make sure you take them as prescribed and complete the course to reduce your risk of contracting malaria.
D – Diagnosis- If malaria symptoms present, a medical professional should be consulted as quickly as possible for prompt treatment.
Symptoms of malaria can be very similar to flu and include a high temperature, sweats and chills, muscle pains, headaches, diarrhoea and a cough. Symptoms can present up to one year after travelling to a malaria region.
If you think you may have malaria you need to SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION. Tell your healthcare professional that you have visited a malarial area.
Select from the malaria tablets list on the drop down above or below to find out about the tablet schedule and the price.
We stock the following malaria tablets in clinic:
Malarone (Atovaquone and Proguanil)
Combine these tablets with insect repellent and mosquito nets for peace of mind – available at our clinics . Pop in to purchase mosquito nets, insect repellent and a wide range of travel accessories
Malaria is present in 90 countries worldwide. WHO estimates that there were 198 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2013, with about 584 000 people dying from the disease. Most deaths were in children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa.
MALARIA MAPS and advice can be found at Travel Health Pro
Malaria- watch a video of a patient with malaria